Northeastern region known to the Thai’s as Isan, boasts a unique and tasty cuisine
that has taken the country by storm. But beware of the fiery green chilli's, that
can be found in many of the dishes. They may be small, but they pack one hell of
If juicy B-B-Q chicken, tender slices of roast beef and nutritious native salads
make your mouth water, then prepare yourself to savor the kingdom's array of the
finest delicacies guaranteed to alter your culinary pleasures.
Among Thai’s, the Northeast, is famed for its delightful spicy food. Making it even
spicier and appetizing is the liberal use of those fiery little green and red chilli's.
The meal begins when diners sit around a circular table cluttered with a variety
of dishes. In front of each participant is a woven bamboo basket containing sticky
rice - Khan Nieow. The diners make tiny ball-sized lumps out of the rice, using
it to mix and dip food from the dishes laid before them. No utensils are used. Eating
in this manner is a significant part of the Isan people's lives. It creates a bond-a
sense of intimacy and togetherness.
A typical Isan meal includes "som tum" shredded green papaya salad; kai yang, barbecued
chicken; roast beef, pork, liver; dried beef "larb" ground pork, beef, chicken, duck
or fresh blood cooked in Isan style. Nor-mai," boiled bamboo shoot soup. All dishes
are eaten with fresh vegetables. Deep fried beef or crispy chicken skin are eaten
as snacks between courses and a few sips of beer.
Isan restaurant are scattered all over Thailand, many carry the famous som turn.
In fact, almost all Thai restaurants scattered around the country, always have som
turn. Try the Isan cuisine once, and you will love it!